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Downtown Joliet festival brings together art, music

Local musicians to perform on stage in Van Buren plaza

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A free art and music festival called “In the Making” will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. July 21 at the Van Buren plaza in downtown Joliet, showcasing local performers and artists.

Local musicians performing include John Condron, Alex Hoffer, Brian Motyll, The Little Lagniappe and Colonel Chloroform, according to the festival’s Facebook page.

“A lot of them are excited,” said Lauren Las, marketing and event manager for the Joliet City Center Partnership. “There’s a little built-in stage, and they said they’ve never played there before.”

Joliet City Center Partnership, the Joliet Public Library and The Art Movement are collaborating to put on the event. Sponsors include Midland States Bank, Dr. Brett Nash of Joliet Medical Center and accounting firm Wermer, Rogers, Doran and Ruzon.

“There’s always been talk,” said Sue Regis, founder of The Art Movement. “I’ve been in talk[s] with people at the Joliet City Center Partnership about doing an art and music festival and just doing a different type of festival down here.”

Regis began planning the event in March, she said. The idea came about last year, but nothing came to fruition until this spring.

“There’s just been a group of us brainstorming the project,” Regis said. “I think that’s the most exciting part of it –coming up with ideas, finding the bands that are playing.”

The event is free for the public, as well as the artists who will sell their work in a nearby parking lot, Regis said.

“It’s going to be an awesome event, and it’s something different down here,” Regis said.

She said there are plenty of Joliet residents who love the arts and local live music.

“I hope that people come out and have a good time and see what we’re doing down here because we’re trying to do things differently,” Regis said.